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Frontier Airlines

Frontier Airlines

by Giuseppe TovarDecember 7, 2013

Frontier Airlines is an American low-cost airline with headquarters in the Denver International Airport (DIA). It services 74 destinations in North America and the Caribbean.

The original Frontier Airlines had their base at the former Stapleton International Airport in Denver. The 1985 Takeover by people express was bungled and shortly afterwards forced to a merger with United and Continental Airlines.

In 1994 the former Frontier-Management became the successor of the airline. As in the case of its predecessor, the airline managed a fleet of up to five Boeing 737 jets. In April of 2005, however, they made a full transition to Airbus aircraft of the Airbus A319 and Airbus A318 family of aircraft. Frontier Airlines was the launch customer for the Airbus A318 in 2003 and had up to nine aircraft of this type.

On April 10, 2008, Frontier Airlines reported under Chapter 11 bankruptcy, the flight operations were continued but under creditor protection. On August 13, 2009 Republic Airways Holdings won the bidding contest for Frontier Airlines. The airline has been a wholly-owned subsidiary of Republic Airways holdings and in the autumn of 2009 it abandoned the creditor protection under Chapter 11.

In the summer of 2013 frontier became the lauch customer for the Airbus A318-100.The current owner sold to the investor Frontier Republic Airways Holdings Indigo.


From its hub at the Denver International Airport Frontier offers flights within the United States, such as Fort Lauderdale, Indianapolis, Sacramento and Boston, as well as in Mexico, Costa Rica and other destinations in the Caribbean. As of January 2013, Frontier operates 10 international destinations


The fleet of Frontier Airlines aso of August 2013 is a fleet of 55 aircraft mostly from aircraft maker Airbus which include:

35 Airbus A319-100

17 Airbus A320-200

3 Embraer 190 (operated by Republic Airlines)

New orders are rumored to be for:

20 Airbus A319neo

60 Airbus A320neo


In accordance with its slogan Frontier “a whole different animal” their livery consists of pictures of different wild animals represented on the fuselage of their planes. In principle, the selected species were either at home or in the Rocky Mountains, which is the main area served. Each animal has a symbolic name (e.g. Grizwald the Grizzly) and showcases very special properties associated with each representative. The best wildlife photography in competitions have been selected and placed on the planes.

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  • Erik
    December 7, 2013 at 8:32 pm

    I flew to Columbus, Ohio to Trenton, New Jersey a few weeks ago and had a good experience. I was worried by the negative comments, but I was pleasantly surprised with the experience. Frontier airline is your typical “low cost”. You have to pay for a sandwich, but for the price i paid for the flight I was not complaining about that. The position of the seats was a little uncomfortable, however my flight was short, so it wasn’t a problem for me. The staff and the flight attendants were helpful and friendly, and there were no delays on any flight. In fact, the return flight arrived early. In my opinion is a good value, and flying with them again.

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